Higher Local Authority Care Fees

The Government has announced that a total of £1.4 billion will be made available over three years to help increase the fee rates which local authorities pay to care providers.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said, “It is vital we continue to do all we can to protect social care during the pandemic and it is more important than ever the sector takes advantage of its priority booster status since the emergence of the Omicron variant. At the same time, we need to plan for the longer term - and this money and the details confirmed will help do that.”

On face value, this sounds like good news, but this allocation of money is part of the £5.4 billion Health and Social Care Levy. As we have said previously, we are not convinced that there are enough funds to cover all of the Government’s stated objectives. We shall see.


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